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Santini saves your butt with Dyneema crash-proof Impact bib shorts

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Every roadie ends up on the asphalt unexpectedly sometime. (Some we know, more often than others.) And when the inevitable happens the first things to hit the pavement tend to be the hips and butt. So that’s where Santini has you covered with their new Impact bib shorts, to fight off dreaded road rash.

Not a set of extra padded shorts (like the Assos Rally shorts), the secret to the crash-proof Santini Impact bib shorts is their fabric made from super strong Dyneema polyethylene. Curiously that’s the same magic material that Northwave uses as the wire in their own dial-closure shoes and Oakley pairs with the Boa closure on their new helmets. We’ve even seen it in Etxeondo’s race-only Arma skinsuit.

But now Santini is bringing the highly-abrasion resistant Dyneema fabric to the otherwise normal-looking, all-black Impact bib shorts and combining it with their premium endurance C3 multi-density chamois.

The impact shorts get the Dyneema-reinforced fabric on the hip & rear panels, while opting for more flexible & breathable tech lycra blends on the remaining panels. The new shorts should be ready to buy at the start of 2018, and will sell for 185€.

Now we just have to wait and see if they will make some Dyneema knee & arm warmers to protect the next most scraped up parts of the roadie body?

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vectorbug
6 years ago

I’ve been really impressed with armor included in modern commuter motorcycling gear. D30 being one such product (which some mtb clothing companies have implemented), but also companies such as “Rev-It!” produce their own armor called Seesmart, that is so thin and soft (until impact), I have a hard time convincing people my over-shirt is armored.

It would be great if more cycling apparel companies made armor/protection a bigger priority / trend. If Rapha can make $600 black pieces popular (and to their credit, they also make chartreuse look good) then I think they or their competition can make armor comfortable and popular with cycling.

It’s ridiculous that we’re basically riding in our underwear at 15-30mph. Link in my bio to Revit’s page.

PeteM
PeteM
6 years ago
Reply to  vectorbug

Agreed. Rev’It kit is wonderful. I could have used these shorts this past Sunday as I clipped a pedal and lowsided.

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago
Reply to  vectorbug

Rev’it makes good motorcycle wear…I own quite a bit. But their seesmart and products like D30 are still incredibly bulky for road riding.

Personally, I don’t think impact protection/armor is required on the road riding. More abrasion resistant fabrics, that breathe and feel the same, are welcome as it’ll help cut down on road rash. That breathability and light feel will be key though

Roddy
Roddy
6 years ago

(deleted) my butt if my bike got damaged.

caliente
caliente
6 years ago

Finally! some shorts compatible with crossing wheels!

Mr. P
6 years ago

Nice! RaceFace Charge pads are only slightly bulkier than arm and leg warmers, and protect way beyond their scrawny looks. I just tested them again last weekend! They could be a great match road riding as road rash is the issue not sharp and jagged rocks of trails.

I had not thought of using the Charge pads on the road, I need to try it out.

That said, double layers of clothing go a long way towards protecting from rash.

P

ken
ken
6 years ago

*than

Evan
Evan
6 years ago

I already have several pairs of bibs made of materials that seem impervious to crashes. Unfortunately the skin underneath can still get rash. But it’s still better to get rash under your shorts than to get road grime in your wounds.

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